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Hand Reflexology Technique

Hand Reflexology Technique

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Hand Reflexology

Taken from the Reflexology Manual by Pauline Wills Hand chart

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Pressure point techniques

Thumb walking

Finger walking

Sliding Massage technique Stroking

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Start at the wrists and work down towards the fingers.
The treatment

Start with the right hand and rotate the wrist. Support the client’s hand with your thumb and two fingers on either side of the wrist joint. With your working hand, slowly rotate your client’s wrist. Then support their knuckles while your working hand slowly rotates fingers and thumb in turn, holding each at the middle joint.

Head and neck reflexes Start with the pituitary gland, which is found approximately in the centre of the fleshy pad of the thumb. Support the thumb with the fingers of your working hand. With the outer edge of your working thumb press and gently rotate on the pituitary reflex.

To treat the reflex for the pineal gland, keep the fingers of your working hand in the same position and simply move your working thumb to the top of the inner side of your client’s thumb. With the outer edge of your working thumb, press and gently rotate on this area. Make sure that your thumb is constantly bent at the first joint while you are working.

When you have treated the pineal gland, move your working thumb to the base of your client’s thumb on the inner edge. This is the back of the head. Continue to maintain support with your left hand and, still working with the outer edge of your bent right

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thumb, walk in parallel lines to cover the whole length of the client’s thumb. Move to the reflexes for the side of the neck and head and for the top of the brain. These are found along the inner border and across the top of the thumb. With your left hand, tilt the client’s palm towards you. Support the thumb with the fingers of your working hand. Thumb walk from the base of the inner side of the client’s thumb, up the thumb’s side and across the top.

Now treat the spinal reflex. Move your client’s hand with your supporting hand so that the back faces you. Continue to thumb walk down the medial border of the thumb to where the scaphoid bone joins the radius. Change over hands and, with the thumb of your left hand, slide back up the reflex.

Support the back of your client’s hand with your left hand. Starting on the medial side of the base of your client’s thumb, where the neck reflex starts, take small even steps and thumb walk all round the base of the thumb

Change over hands. Move to the face reflex located on the back of the thumb. Supporting your client’s hand with your right hand, thumb walk in parallel lines over the back of the thumb, until all the area has been covered.

Continuing to use your right hand for support, place the thumb of your working

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hand on the web between your client’s thumb and index finger. This is the reflex for the vocal chords. Supporting your client’s thumb with the fingers of your working hand, gently rotate on this point for a few seconds

Having treated the vocal chords, turn your client’s hand so that the back is now supported by your right hand. Thumb walk in parallel lines over the sinus reflexes. These are found on the front and sides of all four fingers

Change the position of your hands. Starting at the base of the index finger along the medial edge, thumb walk with your right hand across the base of this finger and the middle finger in order to treat the eye reflex area.

Change over hands. To find the reflex for the Eustachian tube, separate your client’s middle and ring fingers with your supporting hand. Place the outer edge of your working thumb on the web between these fingers and rotate on this point.

To work the ear reflex, extend your client’s fingers slightly back with your supporting hand, and thumb walk from the base of your client’s little finger on the lateral border to the base of the middle finger

The thyroid gland reflex lies over the proximal phalanx of the thumb. Use your right hand to extend the thumb back. With the fingers of your left hand under your client’s hand, thumb walk across this reflex, starting at the medial edge.

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Still supporting the thumb, with your right hand, slowly rotate on the parathyroid reflexes with your left thumb. The upper parathyroid lies in the inner upper part of the thyroid reflex; the lower parathyroid is found in the lower inner part.

Resting your client’s hand palm down, support it by placing your right hand underneath the fingers. Using your working hand, treat the teeth reflexes by thumb walking in parallel lines over the back of all four fingers. Start with the index finger and proceed to the little finger. The reflexes to the incisors cover the backs of the thumb and index finger, but you will have treated the thumb when working the reflex to the face. The reflex area to the canines is found on the back of the index finger; the reflex area for the premolars is on the back of the middle finger; the reflex area for the first and second molars is situated on the back of the ring finger; and the reflex area for the third molars, or wisdom teeth, is found on the back of the little finger. Shoulder and chest reflexes Start by working the shoulder reflex. This extends around the base of the little finger, on the lateral side of the finger and on the back of the hand. Support the back of the hand with your right hand. Place the fingers of your working hand beneath your client’s hand for extra support. Then, using the outer edge of your working thumb, walk several times around the base of the little finger.

When you have completed work on the shoulder reflex, change over hands and using your left hand to support the client’s hand, tilt it towards you. Place the outer edge of your right thumb onto the lateral side of the shoulder reflex where the reflex to the arm and elbow begins. Thumb walk until you reach the waist line. Change the position of your hands again, and with the outer edge of your left thumb, slide back up the reflex.

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Change over hands once more so that you can support the back of your client’s hand with your left hand and the fingers with your working hand. Place your working thumb on the lateral side at the base of the index finger. This is where you will find the beginning of the lung reflex. Thumb walk across zones two to five, in the area between the base of the fingers and the diaphragm line.

To treat the thymus gland located over the medial half of the ball of the thumb, turn over your client’s hand. Support the palm of the hand with your right hand and thumb walk across this reflex.

From the thymus gland, work the reflex to the heart. This is positioned on the palm of the left hand, in zones two and three, just above the diaphragm line. Supporting the back of your client’s hand with your right hand, thumb walk across this area with your working hand. Remember that this reflex is only found in the left hand.

Now work the rib reflex. This is found in all five zones on the back of the hand, and covers the area from the base of the fingers to the diaphragm. Supporting the client’s hand with your left hand, walk across this reflex with the index and middle fingers of your right hand.

Abdomen reflexes

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Start your treatment with the solar plexus reflex. This is found at the level of the diaphragm line in zones two and three. Use your left hand as the supporting hand. Place the fingers of your right hand at the back of your client’s hand. With the outer edge of your working thumb, press and rotate in a clockwise direction over the reflex.

The liver reflex is found only on the right hand. It lies between the diaphragm and waist line in zones three, four and five and covers the lower half of the metacarpals. Use your left thumb to walk in horizontal lines across this reflex area. Start just below the diaphragm line in zone five. Continue by rotating your working thumb on the gall bladder reflex, located in the palm of the hand, just above waist level in zone three. This reflex is found only on the right hand.

Finally, treat the reflex to the sternum. This is in zone one, on the medial edge of the head of the metacarpal. With your supporting hand in the same position, gently rotate on this point with the thumb of your right hand.

The reflex for the oesophagus is found on the medial aspect of both thumbs. It starts at the joint of the first and second phalanges and follows a straight line down the thumb to the head of the metacarpal bone. Using your left hand for support, thumb walk down this reflex with your working hand.

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area. It is found below the diaphragm and above the waist line in zone one on the palm of the right hand, but in zones one, two and three on the palm of the left hand.

The pancreas reflex covers only zones one and two on the right hand, but it covers zones one, two and three on the left hand. Supporting the client’s hand with your left hand, place your working thumb on the medial edge of your client’s thumb, one finger’s width above the waist line. Now thumb walk horizontally across this reflex until you reach the waistline.

The reflex for the duodenum is situated on the waist line in zone one, on the medial aspect of the thumb. The duodenum forms the first part of the small intestine. Supporting your client’s hand with your left hand, gently rotate on this reflex with the outer edge of your right thumb.

Supporting the back of your client’s hand with your left hand, use your right thumb to walk in horizontal lines across the reflex area for the spleen. It is positioned between the diaphragm line and the waist line in zones four and five, and is found only on the left hand. Begin thumb walking at the lateral edge of zone five, just below the diaphragm line.

The small intestine reflex extends over zones one, two, three and four and covers the area of the metacarpal bones lying below the waist line. From the medial side of your client’s thumb, thumb walk across the palm to the end of zone four. Change hands and thumb walk back to cover the area.

Continue to thumb walk with your working hand over the reflex area for the stomach, which joins the end of the oesophagus reflex

Move your working thumb up slightly to the ileo-caecal valve reflex. Gently rotate on this point before thumb walking in a straight line up the reflex to the ascending colon. This lies in zones four and five and leads to the hepatic flexure. Press three to four times on this flexure before moving on.

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Alter the position of your working thumb so that it points towards your client’s right thumb. Thumb walk from the hepatic flexure, following the waist line, across the palm of the hand to the medial side of the thumb in zone one. You have now treated the first part of the transverse colon.

The remainder of the transverse colon is found on the left hand. Support the client’s hand with your right hand, place your working thumb just below the waist line in zone one. Following the waist line, thumb walk across the palm of the client’s hand to the splenic flexure in zone five.

The appendix reflex is found on the right hand only. Supporting the client’s hand with your right hand, place your left thumb on the lateral side of zone four, over the carpal bones. Your working hand fingers rest on the back of your client’s hand. With your working thumb, gently rotate this point.

Follow a straight line across all five zones on the palm of the hand until you reach the reflex to the rectum and anus, in zone one. Then change hands and, supporting your client’s hand with your right hand, with your left thumb gently rotate that point.

Keep your working thumb positioned on the medial part of the bladder reflex in readiness to treat the reflex to the ureter. This reflex extends upwards from zone one, across zone two, terminating just below the waist line in zone three where it joins the

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reflex to the right kidney. Thumb walk up and across the hand to that point.

The Kidney reflex areas are kidney shaped and are found in zones two and three on both hands. Starting from the end of the ureter reflex, thumb walk to the waist line. Rotate around this area in a clockwise direction.

Change over hands and gently press over the splenic flexure with your right thumb. Then thumb walk down the descending colon in zones four and five to the sigmoid flexure. Apply light pressure on that point. Continue across the sigmoid colon reflex area.

The reflex to the right adrenal gland is found just above the waist line in zone two, close to the kidney reflex. Rotate on this point with your thumb in a clockwise direction. The adrenal gland reflex is also found on the left hand.

The lower body reflexes

To locate the reflex for the bladder, find the point on the medial aspect of your client’s right thumb, midway between the head of the metacarpal and the wrist joint. Approximately the size of your thumbnail, it extends from the palm of the hand round to the back of the hand. Use the outer edge of your right thumb to walk around this area.

Turn over your client’s hand and rest the palm down. Wrap both your right and left hands around the client’s hand. Position the outer edge of your right thumb just above the wrist, in zones four and five. To treat the reflex area to the sacro-iliac joint, gently rotate on this point with your working thumb.

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Continue your treatment with the right hip and knee reflexes. These are both half moon shaped and are found on the outer border of the back of the right hand, between the wrist and the waist line. The hip reflex extends midway along from the wrist to the waist line. Use your left hand for support. Starting just above the wrist on the outer border of the hand, thumb walk over one half moon shape.

The reflex area to the sciatic nerve is found across the wrist on the front of the hand. Wrap your right hand around your client’s hand and, with the outer edge of your right thumb, walk across the wrist from the medial side to the lateral edge. This reflex may be sensitive; in some cases you may find it easier to support the client’s hand with your other hand.

From the knee reflex, move your working thumb to the wrist, just below the point where you started your treatment to the hip reflex. This will bring you to the right ovary reflex, or the right testis. Gently rotate on this point for a few seconds. Apply only light pressure.

Without altering the position of your left hand, place the outer edge of your right thumb over the fifth metacarpal bone, on the top lateral side of your client’s hand. This is where the pelvic muscles reflex is located. The area corresponds to the muscles of the pelvic region on the right side of the body. Thumb walk over the reflex several times.

On reaching the medial side of the hand you will find a small hollow, slightly above the back of the wrist and in line with the web between the thumb and index finger. This hollow contains the reflex area to the uterus or prostate. Changing hands, wrap your right hand around your patient’s hand and gently rotate your working thumb on this reflex. Reflexes on the back of the hand

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Supporting the client’s hand with your left hand, place your working thumb on the knuckle of the little finger. Thumb walk in horizontal lines across the right breast reflex to the diaphragm line.

The knee reflex continues from the hip reflex to the waist line. Thumb walk over the other half moon shaped reflex which ends just below the waist line.

Retaining the position of your left hand, and using it as the supporting hand, move your working thumb down to just above the waist line. Then thumb walk horizontally across all five zones to the wrist. This covers the reflex area to the mid back.

From the right ovary or right testis reflex, thumb walk across the wrist to the medial side of the hand. This covers the area to the right fallopian tube reflex in a female or the right vas deferens reflex in a male.

The remainder of the lymphatic system reflex area covers all five zones, from the webs of the fingers down towards the wrist bones. With either the right thumb or fingers, walk down the back of your client’s hand, between the metacarpal bones and over the wrist bones.

Finishing the treatment on the hands

The breast reflex area is found above the diaphragm line and covers all five zones.

Begin your massage with kneading. Place one of your hands across the back of your

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client’s hand and the clenched fist of the other on the palm. Pressing both your hands into the client’s hand, make circular movements. This is an excellent technique for stimulating energy in the body and for strengthening and improving the hand’s general structure.

Start your treatment of the lymphatic system with the lymph nodes to the right armpit. The reflex for these lymph nodes is found over the knuckle of the little finger. Still using your left hand to support the client’s hand, thumb walk around this area with your right hand.

Starting near the wrist, pull your hands up towards you client’s fingers. Repeat this several times. This action works by making the body, especially the spine, feel as though it is being stretched upwards. It is extremely effective in helping to release any tension in the spine, muscles and organs.

The lymph drainage reflex is treated last. Using the thumb and finger of your right hand, gently press and slide off the webs between the fingers. Start on the lateral side of the hand and finish between the thumb and the index finger, on the main drainage point.

Using very gentle stroking movements over your client’s hands, massage both the palm and the back. Start at the wrist on the client’s palm and stroke lightly upwards with the fingers of both hands. Turn your client’s hand over and repeat the light upward strokes on the back.

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your client. Remain in this position for as long as you feel necessary.

Wrap your hands around your client’s hand, at the base of the fingers. Gently twist the client’s hand back and forth in a wringing action as you move slowly down towards the wrist. This action is beneficial for spreading out the bones in the hand, and it works similarly on the organs of the body.

Position your fingers on the palm, and your thumbs on the back of the client’s hand. Using tiny circular movements, massage the back of the hand, starting from the base of the fingers and working your way down and around the wrist bones. This technique can be extremely relaxing.

When you have finished treating both hands, lay the palms of your hands against those of

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